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July 31, 2018updated 18 Jul 2019 8:35am

Four business books that won’t put you to sleep at the beach

By Lucy Anna Smith

Thanks to the heatwave that is hitting the UK right now, more Brits than ever will be enjoying some down time and relax in the sunshine. Summer is often considered a time for light beach reads, rom-com indulgences and juicy tell-alls.

Summer vacations can, however, provide a great opportunity to be a bit of a bookworm. And, why not use this time to read books that could make you happier and more effective when you do return to work?

To help, we have compiled a list of four business books that are not only well-written but also informative. These should be your go-to considerations for your beach bag. As they are written by everyone from business writers to Nobel Prize winners, they really hold their own with the rest of the summer reading shelf.

Business books: The tech savvy option

Business books: The Interim Revolution by Pat LynesThe book: The Interim Revolution: How crowdsourcing, the on-demand Gig Economy and Teams as a Service are transforming business globally

Author: Pat Lynes

The Interim Revolution clearly explains what disruptive technology means to your company and what to do to close the capability and speed gap facing organisations today. Written by Pat Lynes, business transformation expert and CEO of Sullivan and Stanley, The Interim Revolution explains how crowdsourcing, the gig economy and a ‘Teams as a Service’ model – essentially parachuting in ‘SWAT teams’ of the best interim business experts – can transform businesses.

With more executives shunning the nine-to-give corporate ladder to work on a part time, project-by-project basis, Lynes argues that the interim revolution is coming and businesses that don’t harness the power of it are at risk.

It’s a must-read for interim executives, management consultants and management consulting, HR and human resources management, teams, business leadership skills development and top talent recruitment.

Available on Amazon

Business books: The inspirational option

Business books: From Good to Amazing by Michael SerwaThe book: From Good to Amazing: No Bullshit Tips for The Life You Always Wanted

Author: Michal Serwa

From Good to Amazing is a collection of life coach Michael Serwa’s top tips from different areas of personal development, written in a conversational and direct style, with a few personal stories here and there. The book is designed to give readers a compassionate kick in the butt, so they can become a better version of themselves, living happier and more fulfilling life.

It’s a fresh take on self-help genre. It deals with some of the most serious parts of life in a light-hearted way (learning while laughing!), and is straight to the point and jargon-free. He shows readers what they cannot see and tells them what no one else would dare to say.

Serwa is one of the UK’s most sought after – and most highly paid – life coaches, working with CEOs and the world’s rich and powerful.

Available on Amazon

Business books: The insightful option

Business books: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The book: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Author: Daniel Kahneman

Nobel Prize-winning Economic Scientist Daniel Kahneman has collated all of his ground-breaking research into one essential best-selling audiobook Thinking, Fast and Slow, which has been narrated by Patrick Egan.

Your entire way of thinking and decision-making will be defied after reading this book, from the way in which you form your ideas to how and why these ideas came to you in the first place. Learn more about yourself and others as you are enlightened with Kahneman’s research.

Available on Audible

Business books: The money-focused option

Business books: Business for Bohemians: Live Well, Make Money by Tom Hodgkinson

The book: Business for Bohemians: Live Well, Make Money

Author: Tom Hodgkinson

Whether you dream of launching your own startup or profiting from your creativity in your spare time, Business for Bohemians will equip you with the tools to turn your talents into a profitable and enjoyable business.

Accounting need no longer be a dark art. You will become au fait with business plans and a friend of the spreadsheet. You will discover that laziness can be a virtue.

Above all, you will realise that freedom from the nine-to-five life is achievable – and, with Hodgkinson’s comforting, pragmatic and extremely funny advice at hand, you might even enjoy yourself along the way.

Available from Foyles